Sunday, January 15, 2012

Fuel Their Passion! Be a Champion for Kids!

A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by my friends at Collective Bias who have partnered up with Abbott Nutrition to spread the word about the Champions for Kids Simple Service Projects.  

Like I told you, I've really fallen short on my giving as of late.  I have disappointed myself because I haven't been giving back to my community and I plan on rectifying this in 2012!

I am thrilled to be participating in and promoting the Abbott Nutrition Champions for Kids Campaign.  This has started my year off on the right track!  My simple service project was incredibly SIMPLE!

My task?  LEARN, GATHER, GIVE!  Sounds easy enough right?  Well, that's because it really IS that easy!  

The premise behind this simple service project is also very simple.  You see, way too many children these days are food insecure.  Meaning, they simply don't know where their next meal is coming from.  And is that meal going to be healthy?  Probably NOT!  So my assigned project was to provide healthy snacks to those in need, those food-insecure children, within my own community!

LEARN:  My first task at hand was to identify an organization in my community where I felt my Abbott Nutrition Pack a Snack would do the most good.  So I researched, called around, and decided upon The Resource & Crisis Center of Galveston County, Inc. for many reasons.

The RCC Mission
"The mission of the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County is to promote the safety, well-being, and best interest of victims of family violence, sexual assault, and child abuse and to advocate for the prevention of such crimes. "

I must admit, making initial contact with this organization was tough for me.  Not because they weren't accessible, but because I was nervous.  This is such a touchy subject for me, and I am a very emotional person.  But I did it!  I picked up the phone and my fears diminished as I explained to a wonderful woman, Samantha Coats, my plight.  She was very receptive, energetic, and passionate about her organization.  She informed me that the battered women's shelter currently houses 6 children.  Donations, big or small, are always welcome.  So I had chosen the organization and was ready to move on to the next step!

GATHER:  Bubby and I headed to Walmart to pick up our Pack a Snack supplies and do some grocery shopping of our own.  He helped me pick a variety of HEALTHY drinks and snacks, including Abbott Nutrition Zone Perfect Bars, Pediasure, and Pediasure Side Kicks.  

With our buggy full, we headed home ready to put our pack together and make our donation!

While driving home, and while putting up all of our groceries, I realized that we could/should do so much more for these kids!  There were SIX of them.  They don't have a "home".  

We are not a wealthy family by any means, but we have so much, and these children have NOTHING!

We ended up with the food items we had purchased, as well as a tote full of slightly used children's clothes, toiletries, and other items I had found on a "wish list" on the Resource & Crisis Center website.  NOW we were ready to GIVE
It was a particularly cold day on the island, so I left the babies at home (because I have that luxury) with B, and headed off in search of the Resource & Crisis Center where I would meet up with Samantha, and she and I would head over to the shelter together. 

While at the shelter, I had an incredibly interesting conversation with an amazing group of ladies that GIVE of themselves every day in an effort to help others!  They are indeed the true Champions for Kids, and I feel honored to have met each and every one of them.  
Samantha and I at the shelter with my Abbott Nutrition Pack a Snack donation.
These ladies, along with the Abbott Nutrition Champions for Kids Campaign, have inspired me to be a more giving, loving, and helpful "me" in 2012!  And I am thrilled that I was able to help in this little way, and I promised them I'd be back!  This is my new organization of choice, and the babies and I will keep supporting them in every way possible way!  Unfortunately, these problems will not go away, but fortunately these battered women have a place to turn to with their children.  How can I not support them when my life is so blessed?

You can see the entire experience in photos by visiting my Google+ Album if you are interested.

Now I challenge YOU to be a Champion for Kids!  Join the movement!  Start giving!  You can give a little, or you can give a lot!  Random acts of kindness.  You never know whose life you might change!  It really is THAT simple!
Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias.  All ideas, opinions, and photos are entirely my own. #AbbottCFK #CBias #ChampionsForKids


  1. Great post and what a wonderful organization. I need to find out more about organizations like that in our area to give back to!

  2. Great post, and I am sure your donation was well received by everyone at the shelter.

  3. What a great organization to help! Good for you, for working through your fear!

  4. What a great initiative! With all of the coupons you can get for free or almost free items that we sometimes never buy because "we" don't eat them, we could really do this!

  5. You rock! I love how you went above and beyond! And it's great that you are going to continue this! Sparkle on!

  6. I love programs like this! People partnering with brands for a greater good. This organization sounds like a critical resource. And MLK Day is the perfect time to inspire others to give! I know you have inspired me. :)

  7. You are the best!! What a wonderful donation for the agency to receive!!

  8. May your generosity inspire MILLIONS to join in this meaningful effort! Thank you for spreading the word!

  9. Jessica @FoundtheMarblesJanuary 19, 2012 9:40 AM

    Super generous! Great job!

  10. I love that you loaded up on EVERYTHING and that Bubby got to make the best picks for the snacks! You rocked it and I know you had a blast doing it. Thanks for sharing how we can all get involved!


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